Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

We Grow Accustomed To The Dark

Poem by Emily Dickinson

We grow accustomed to the Dark -
When light is put away -
As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp
To witness her Goodbye -

A Moment - We uncertain step
For newness of the night -
Then - fit our Vision to the Dark -
And meet the Road - erect -

And so of larger - Darknesses -
Those Evenings of the Brain -
When not a Moon disclose a sign -
Or Star - come out - within -

The Bravest - grope a little -
And sometimes hit a Tree
Directly in the Forehead -
But as they learn to see -

Either the Darkness alters -
Or something in the sight
Adjusts itself to Midnight -
And Life steps almost straight.

Comments about We Grow Accustomed To The Dark by Emily Dickinson

  • niqqer (2/28/2020 4:18:00 PM)

    dont get the poem, it sucks(Report)Reply

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  • dale spencer (2/25/2020 6:00:00 PM)

    does Emily Dickinson use a rhythem or rhyme scheme?(Report)Reply

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  • jordan, hartford (11/14/2019 10:23:00 AM)

    it was wonderful and easy to keep track of my position.(Report)Reply

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  • RobertG (4/11/2019 9:26:00 AM)

    This poem is about a sad death. It is saying that life is not prefect, but we still can work it out.
    The poem says we can work together to make life better. I like the way this poem came out and said what had to say.(Report)Reply

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  • SaraG (7/6/2018 10:32:00 PM)

    Life will never be perfect...only “almost straight”, but we’ll figure out how to work through those problems. This is such an encouraging (all while being realistic) poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Jennifer (3/13/2018 8:30:00 PM)

    No robot reading this poem pls, it sounds ghastly -_-(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (6/24/2016 5:46:00 PM)

    ...........profound, interesting and the theme is scary ★Already ReportedReply

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  • Dawn FuzanDawn Fuzan (5/11/2014 8:07:00 AM)

    I like this poem(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, February 10, 2014

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